How long should a flat roof last?

Fflat roof homelat roofs for both homes and commercial buildings last longer than they once did. While flat roofs in the past could only withstand Florida’s sun for 10 years, new technologies have helped stretch durability. A flat roof lasts up to 20 years in some cases.

Instead of traditional tar and gravel flat roofs, we now have many choices. We can choose rubber membranes, rolled tar, and multi layer systems which drastically extend flat roof life. Whether we install torchdown systems or single ply rubber systems, attention to quality workmanship makes all the difference. Our teams are specially trained to maintain the highest levels of quality installation. We evaluate the slope of the roof, plan for superior flashing and coach home and business owners on preventative maintenance of their new roofs.

Colored flat roof

Most commercial building owners opt for plain white flat roofs. They reflect the sun best and are most economical. Flat roofs come in many colors, however. Homeowners can have flat roofs match the color of their home’s walls, shingles or tile roof, or any design factor they want.

As with any major home expense, be sure to choose the right contractor. Ask the right questions to be sure your roofer is competent and has a history of happy clients. Call American Roofing and Sheet Metal at 813.884.1815 for an estimate on the best flat roof for your home or business.

Two signs you need to replace your shingle roof.

While a silver lining around a cloud is a good sign, when you see a “silver lining” around your shingles, beware. The shiny edge you see is a sign to replace your shingle roof.

  1. You may notice the corners look shiny. Or, possibly the edges appear silver when the sun hits them. Both scenarios are giving you notice that your home is no longer protected from rain and storms. Replace your shingle roof before leaks start. leaves in gutters may be hiding granules from shingle roofs
  2. Another sign many homeowners miss is in their gutters. While you may look and see only leaves, look deeper. Do you see granules in your gutters? Do you see granules at the bottom of your downspout? This is a sign that the shingles are no longer maintaining their integrity against the elements.

Shingle roofs are affordable and durable. Whether you go for the highest quality and shapes of designer shingles or the affordability and beauty of more standard dimensional shingles, there are many choices. When shingles wear and lose their granular surface, the hot sun of Tampa Bay can more easily penetrate your roof coating.

Call 813.884.1815 and American Roofing and Sheet Metal will give you an evaluation of your roof for free. If you decide to replace your roof, we will lock you into 2019 prices as long as your roof is scheduled for installation before March 1, 2020.